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Getting to School Safely: Everyone Plays a Part

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Getting to School Safely: Everyone Plays a Part
Student Safety Patrol officer helps scholars and families cross the intersection safely.


In Federal Way Public Schools, student safety is a top priority.

It’s important that we all do our part to ensure students feel safe as they travel to and from school. We've put together a list of best practices to follow when it comes to traveling to, from, and around schools for students, families, and local drivers.

Here are a few things to keep in mind: 

For Drivers 

  • Slow down and be alert to the actions of pedestrians and other drivers 
  • Pay attention to and abide by the speed limit, which in school zones is 20 miles per hour 

  • Be alert for children in school zones  

  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians 

  • Reduce traffic congestion and keep children visible 

  • Do not double-park, stop in crosswalks, or interfere with school buses in the bus loading area of a school 

For Families 

  • Have your child exit the car in designated drop-off areas 

  • Practice your child’s walking routes with them in advance of the first day of school 

For Walking Students 

  • Discuss a safe route to and from school among your family

  • Stop at the curb and always look both ways before crossing the street 

  • Never jaywalk, always cross at designated crosswalks  

  • When crossing, walk – do not run – and keep an eye out for turning vehicles and distracted drivers 

  • If riding a bike, skateboard, roller blades or scooter, always wear a helmet and protective clothing and put reflectors on your bike and shoes 

  • Stay on a walking route approved by parents and go directly to and from school (scholars who walk home are expected to do so immediately after dismissal)  

  • When possible, walk with a buddy and stay in view of others 

  • Use sidewalks or paths that are in plain sight of passing cars and surrounding homes or businesses


For Bus Riding Students   

  • Cross the street only when the bus driver motions it is safe 

  • Give others space in line  

  • Stay a safe distance from the bus until the door opens 

  • Walk away from the bus after you exit 

  • Sit down quickly and stay seated while riding the bus 

  • Get on and off at your bus stop 

  • Be aware of your surroundings

  • Follow the bus driver’s directions 

  • Wait your turn to board and exit the bus 

Together, we can ensure children stay safe to, from, and around school. If you have questions, please contact FWPS School Safety and Security at (253) 945-2290 or FWPS Transportation at or (253) 945-5960.

For more information to prepare for the school year, visit the FWPS Back-to-School Resource Hub.